Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Adelaide South Australia
I find it strange how Top Gear magazine and the show love Alfas on the one hand and perpetuate the myths on the other. The latest issue of the magazine is a case in point. It has very positive articles about the Giulia and how important it is and at the same time starts off with an editorial that contains absolute BS about Alfas of the last 30 years. The editor talks about how he has never got round to owning an Alfa himself and that maybe he isn't a true petrol head as a result. He talks about how he almost bought a 155, but it was a bit rough and he didn't go ahead with the purchase. Later he became very keen on buying a FWD GTV6, but - and this is the kicker - motoring journalist colleagues talked him out of it because they said that Busso engines had a habit of blowing up if you put your boot into it when overtaking. I don't know about you guys, but in all my years of owning seven Busso engined cars, reading thousands of posts on forums such as this, knowing lots of Busso owners, including many who have raced their cars very hard for years, I have never heard of that happening. Where do these idiots get this crap from? Maybe they are the sort of drivers we have all come across, or have heard about, who are able to break the unbreakable, or maybe they are just BS artists who make stuff up like conspiracy theorists. The trouble is they have a powerful forum for putting out their twisted ideas and influence people as a result. I understand the show is entertainment first and foremost, but surely the magazine should be factual as much as possible. Personally I don't think they should be telling lies in either.
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).